Sign up today for Sept. 9 & 10 IAR broker pre-license webinar

Get the 15-hour Applied Real Estate Principles course without leaving home by signing up for the IAR webinar Sept. 9 and 10 with veteran instructor Norm Willoughby.

Sessions will start at 9 a.m. both days. Cost is $159.

Once you complete the 90 hours of pre-license education, contact the IAR Licensing and Training Center at to have the course exams sent to one of our convenient local proctoring site. The Training Center also provides an outline of the steps to take to get your real estate license and become a REALTOR®.

Norm Willoughby

Willoughby is a licensed real estate instructor and a licensed real estate managing broker and auctioneer. He served as assistant commissioner for the State of Illinois Real Estate Professions Bureau, Office of Banks and Real Estate, from 1995 to 2003. Since 2003, he has served as the CEO of the Decatur Association of REALTORS® and, since 2012, also serves as CEO of the Central Illinois Board of REALTORS®. He served as Chairperson of the State of Illinois Auction Advisory Board from 1999 to 2003 and served on the Board of Directors of the Illinois Real Estate Education Foundation (REEF).

Head ‘Back to School’ with IAR educational programs

It’s “Back to School” time, and IAR has a series of fall and winter educational programs lined up for you. In fact, the schedule is filling up quickly! Check out these dates you will want to put on your calendar:

On Oct. 5, REALTORS® are invited to attend REbarcamp, a free un-conference sponsored by the Young Professionals Network. REbarcamp will be held from 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Oak Brook Hills/Hilton Resort. Registration is free, but you must reserve your spot in advance.

Oct. 21-22 is the last 15-hour interactive Broker Post-license Applied Real Estate Practices webinar of 2015. This is one of the two required courses for brokers who need to renew their licenses before April 30, 2016. Lynn Madison leads this live-streamed course that you may take from anywhere.

On Nov. 4, IAR and Mainstreet will bring you the Xplode Conference, a full-day real estate technology and marketing conference that provides critical technology and marketing information. The Xplode Conference will be held from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Stonegate Conference Center in Hoffman Estates. It features nationally-known experts in mobile technologies, contact management, email marketing, video and content marketing and much more. Early bird registration is open now, saving you $40!

Dec. 2-3 is the last time GRI Course III training will be offered live. Beginning in 2016, all undergrad course work will be online only and Courses II and III will be combined. This means that if you have completed Course II and do not finish Course III in December, you will be required to re-take all 30 hours online. GRI Course III and Grad will be held at the Embassy Suites in East Peoria, Illinois.

Take advantage of these learning opportunities and watch this blog for updates.

Get all the information you need for upcoming license renewals

Illinois real estate brokers face a deadline next year to renew their licenses, and the Illinois Association of REALTORS® has set up a page with all the information you will need to complete the process.

That’s why IAR has created a page to help brokers identify available courses (home study, webinar and classroom) and the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation’s deadlines for completion. Information is broken into three scenarios:

  • Brokers licensed prior to Feb. 1, 2014;
  • Brokers licensed on or after Feb. 1, 2014; and
  • Brokers licensed after Feb. 1, 2016.

And if you don’t remember when you obtained your license, you can use a link to track it down.

Find out more details.

Step up to Managing Broker status

Norm Willoughby

Do you have what it takes to be a Managing Broker? Then don’t miss the Applied Management and Supervision webinar Aug. 26-27. Veteran REALTOR® and CEO of the Decatur Association of REALTORS® Norm Willoughby will lead this interactive course.  Managing Brokers may sponsor and supervise other licensees as well as sponsor themselves.

Brokers who have held their license for the last two out three years are eligible to become Managing Brokers after completing 45 hours of designated Managing Broker pre-license coursework and passing the state licensing exam. The 30-hour Managing Broker Pre-license Topics course may be taken by home study through the IAR Licensing & Training Center. The 15-hour Applied Management and Supervision interactive course may be taken by webinar or in a classroom.

Registration is now open for the Aug. 26-27 webinar, and seats are still available.  If you have completed or will complete the 30-hour Managing Broker Pre-license Topics course before Aug. 26, register today for the Applied Management and Supervision webinar Aug. 26-27.

Look behind the scenes during a Lynn Madison training video

REALTOR® Lynn Madison, a nationally known speaker and instructor, visited Springfield today to record a pre-license instructor development course for the IAR Licensing & Training Center.

The pre-license instructor training will be added to the IAR Licensing and Training Center instructor platform that currently includes a 6-hour Instructor Development techniques workshop.

According to IAR Education Manager Carrie Elliott, the course will be available for purchase and electronic distribution to pre-license instructor candidates sometime in the fall.

Madison is the owner of Lynn Madison Seminars, Inc., in Schaumburg, Ill., a company devoted to the advancement of professionalism in real estate. She’s been a speaker at the National Association of REALTORS® convention for more than a decade and has been active in developing and delivering Illinois’ continuing education programs since 1992.

A member of the REALTORS® Political Action Committee (RPAC) Hall of Fame, she is the president-elect for the Mainstreet Organization of REALTORS® in suburban Chicago, and she’s been involved with numerous IAR committees since 1993. She was the 2011 IAR REALTOR® of the Year and the 2003 Mainstreet REALTOR® of the Year.